Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid is a training program designed to train lay responders on how to approach an individual experiencing a mental crisis as well as recognize that someone may be experiencing signs and symptoms of a mental illness. The program is not designed for individuals to diagnose a mental illness. It is designed for individuals who interact with the public including nurses, teachers, and other professionals in the community. The purpose of training in mental health first aid is two-fold. The program provides an explanation of selected illnesses; depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, alcohol/drug use, and eating disorders. In addition, it teaches individuals how to appropriately respond to a potential situation and most importantly become better listeners. After successful completion of the course, participants would receive a three year Mental Health First Aid certification. After which, individuals may choose to become recertified. There is a fee for this course.